Title

Goodbye, Silver Sister [Poetry]

Status

Faculty

School

School of Liberal Arts

Department

English

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2015

Publisher/Venue

Northwestern University Press

Description/Abstract

Goodbye, Silver Sister, Jeanne Foster’s second collection of po­ems, opens with a series of poems about a girl coming of age in pre-Katrina New Orleans, informed and haunted by the magic of the city. The powerful Pearl River forms the dividing line be­tween adulthood and other worlds, both geographic and existen­tial: “death, divorce, and the thousand other ways I would lose faith in the breastplate of love.”

The collection is also an elegy for and tribute to the poet’s par­ents, who met in the WPA Artists’ Project. Through her poems she keeps them alive and is also able to say good-bye. Like the work of her mentor, James Wright, these poems reach far beyond the personal in their willingness to look at the un­seemly sides of being human within the context of a profound spiritual search.

SMC Affiliated Work

1

ISBN

9780810131286

Original Citation

Foster, Jeanne. Goodbye, Silver Sister [Poetry] (2015). Northwestern University Press. [book].

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